PTSA Monday Message February 4, 2018

Welcome to the Monday Message for the Grafton High School 2017/2018 school year!
Contact the Monday Message at:
Feb 5 – “A” Day
Feb 6 – Key Club Meeting in Room 312 After School
Feb 7 – After Prom meeting in the Senior Atrium at 7:00 p.m.
Feb 9 – Red & Blue Crew
Feb 9 – Report Cards Issued
Feb 10 – ACT Testing
Feb 10 – Sadie Hawkins Dance in the Cafeteria from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Feb 20 – PTSA Board Meeting in the Principal’s Conference Room at 7:00 p.m.


Feb 5 – Girls Basketball vs. Smithfield @ 5:30/7:00 p.m., Smithfield High School
Feb 6 – Boys Basketball vs. Smithfield @ 5:30/7:00 p.m., Smithfield High School
Feb 7 – Girls Basketball vs. Lafayette @ 5:30/7:00 p.m., Grafton High School
Feb 8 – Boys Basketball vs. Lafayette @ 5:30/7:00 p.m., Lafayette High School
Feb 9 – Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Lafayette @ 6:00 p.m., Lafayette High School
Feb 10 – Boys Basketball vs. Warhill @ 12:00/1:30 p.m., Grafton High School
* Information for GHS sports is obtained from the Bay Rivers District site at:
Key Club will have a membership meeting on Tuesday, February 6th in room 312 after school.  We will be organizing for the Clipper Pride week festivities as we are celebrating our awesome custodial team.  Please bring ideas for how we can thank them for all of their efforts.  You will vote on your favorite t-shirt design.  If you would like to include your submission for voting please see Mrs. Harman or Ms. Glover.
Additionally, we have agreed to serve refreshments at the Sadie Hawkins dance on February 10th.  If you would like to help with this sign up on the message which will be coming out soon.  Lastly, on Valentine’s Day we will be working with the students with special needs to celebrate the holiday.  More details on these events will be available at the meeting.
Hope to see you there.
Hey Clippers!  Come on out to the First Annual Sadie Hawkins Dance at GHS!
Saturday, February 10th from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Dress is dressy-casual (Khaki-style pants for guys, casual dresses or outfits for girls – Dress code applies).
Open to ALL GHS students (Sorry, no outside guests).  Tickets are $7 and will be sold in lunch blocks Monday, February 5th through Friday, February 9th.
No tickets will be sold at the door. Be sure to bring your ID.  Refreshments will be sold at the dance to benefit various school groups.
Over a thousand students from 11 school divisions auditioned for All-District Band on January 13th at the Grafton Complex.  The All-District Bands rehearsed for about 10 hours February 1st – 3rd, then presented concerts February 3rd.  Warhill hosted All-District Band this year.
Congratulations to the following students for making the All-District Symphonic Band:
**Ben Lofton, *Lucille Guo, **Tim Asher, *Emma Richards, *Ada Rexrode, Natilyn Mann, Sergey Shurkov,  Carrie Frecker, Lexi Christie, Eri Ogusu, Serena Olson, *Emma Spata, Andy Yoo, Matthew Jones, *Kenya Robinson, Katie McCaffrey, **Lauren Brown, **Nathan Fitzgibbons, *Kai Hawk, **Ethan Molin, Jake Munn, *Sujay Venuganti, Zach Johnson
* Eligible to audition for All-State Band
** First Chair and eligible to audition for All-State Band
Congratulations to the following students for making the All-District Concert Band:
Caroline Kondek, Anna Privett, Yaeni Kim, *Ada Reed, Mikey Kruezer, *Angelika Gomez, Makayla Loeffler, Bennet Tabor, Xuan Hoang, Garrett Hopkins, Calvin Moore, Liam Purdy, *Zac Valliancourt , Sydney Stanfield, Joey Majewicz, Jackson Kirsch, *Matthew Spitz, *Luke Wells, AJ Guarino, Danny Lee
*First Chair
Are you interested in playing the “Fastest Growing Sport in the U.S.?  We are looking for players!
Player registration is OPEN for Boys and Girls Spring 2018 High School Lacrosse with HRLax (Hampton Roads Lacrosse League) through February 21st.  High School division games begin March 2018. 
Join the Grafton Boys or Girls Lacrosse teams by signing up at  Players of all skill levels are welcome!
For more information on Grafton Lacrosse, please contact the following:
Boys Head Coach – Jim Johnson at
Boys Program Manager – Shelley Sojak at
Girls Head Coach – Carl Albuquerque at
AP registration forms have been distributed in AP classes.  The cost is $94 per exam, with checks payable to Grafton High School (please include a parent contact number on the check).  Mrs. Huffines is collecting registration forms/money in her office (Rm 411).  Extra forms/testing schedules are also located outside her office, as well as attached in this message. 
The deadline for the forms/money is Tuesday, March 6th.


The distribution of the Monday Message continues to be a challenge this year as we struggle to overcome the issues from some mail systems that treat multiple addresses in the bcc: field as spam.  We have certainly tried to work through this by asking you to add the Monday Message email address to your address book and regularly check your spam folder but this has not rectified the problem for everyone.
We have therefore decided that for the rest of the year we will add a Monday Message link to the PTSA website as well as continue to send it via email.  This will give you the option of opening the email (if you receive it) or just simply looking at the Monday Message via the PTSA website.  The link to the website is:
We are planning to replace our current system with one called Mail Chimp.  The Grafton Band already use this system and have been successful in getting out messages with attachments to a large group of parents so we are hopeful that next year will be less stressful for those involved with preparing and distributing the weekly message which we feel continues to provide important information to our membership.


Our next After Prom meeting is Wednesday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m. at GHS, Senior Atrium.
Are you Ready to get fit and have fun doing it???  Color Me Red & Blue 5k Fun Run/Walk on March 24th.
This awesome event is being held at Grafton High School and all proceeds are to help fund After Prom.  The cost is only $20 ($25 after March 11th) and you get an event t-shirt if you are one of the first 300 to register.
You can register on-line at anytime from now until the day before the race or you can drop or mail in the attached registration form to Grafton High School, PTSA After Prom 5k Fun Run/Walk, 403 Grafton Drive, Yorktown, VA 23692.  Registration information is also found on the AfterProm website.  Get a group together and come have some fun.
The fun run needs volunteers to make it a success!  If you’re not running/walking, please consider volunteering!  Visit to sign up for a slot that fits into your busy schedule!
Save the date!!!  Annual After Prom Outback Fundraising Dinner will be held on Wednesday, March 14th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the GHS Cafeteria.  Carry out or dine-in.
Additional menu details to follow soon!
The After Prom Committee is selling graduation garden flags for $22!
Flags are sold for $22 each which includes one name and year.  There is a $2 charge for an additional name and year.  Deadline to receive garden flag orders and payment is:  February 28th
Please see flag order forms and sample flag in attachments.  If you have any questions please contact:  Wendy Linehan (757)509-8233 or


Our next Red & Blue Crew event is Friday, February 9th when we will be serving Valentine themed cupcakes to all GHS PTSA Staff and Student members.  If you would like to bake some cupcakes for this event please click on the link below:
The next regular PTSA Board Meeting is Tuesday, February 20th at 7:00 p.m. the Principal’s Conference Room.  All are welcome.


The GABC always needs help with Winter Sports concessions.  Below is the link to the signup form, please help wherever you can.  You can sign up for as many as you want to and don’t forget if you work concessions you get into the game for free!!
Interested in supporting Grafton’s Sports Activities?  Consider joining the GABC for only $10.00.  You may be wondering where the money goes.  All of your $10.00 returns back to the athletes in equipment for each sport as well as hosting the end of the season banquet.  Senior recognition is also supported by the booster club, along with scholarships.  You can join the GABC on-line too.
Did you know you can order Spirit Wear on-line?
The link below takes you to our website:
From the home page you can click on the “Store” tab and as you scroll down you will see the Sprit Wear that you can buy.  Put in your order, pay with your credit/debit card (there is a small fee for this convenience), make sure you put your athlete’s name and their Home Room Teacher’s name so that the items can be delivered to them.
Do you know who your GABC Board is?
President – Andrew Minter
VP – Keith Zagursky
Secreatry – Melanie Houle
Treasurer – Erin Tapajna
Banquets – Kathy Day
Concessions – Brandi Davis & Terri Stumpo
Membership – Sandra Di Gangi
Senior Recognition & Scholarships – Shannon Davie
Spirit Wear – Kristen Teubert & Courtney Engel
Volunteers – Tricia O’Grady
Website – Darlene Heinz
We are always looking for more people to join the GABC Board.  You don’t have to be in a specific Board position, extra help is always needed and very welcome.  We encourage you, the parents of athletes, to start as a Regular Board member and attend our monthly meetings which last less than an hour.  What better way to see if you have an interest in a Board position and get a better understanding of it.  At the end of every school year we have Board members leave as their athlete graduates and it’s much easier to step into that position if you know what is involved?  Please consider contacting us about becoming a Regular Board Member or ask about a specific position and how you can shadow someone now.
If you have questions about volunteer positions on the Board or becoming a Regular Member then please contact Trisha O’ Grady at
New Horizons Career and Technical Center will be having an open House on February 8th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at both the Hampton and Newport News Campuses!
A flyer with updated information is attached!


GHS PTSA has a Facebook Page!!!  Search for Grafton High School PTSA the next time you’re on Facebook.  We’ll try to keep you up to date the new old fashioned way!!  Please
share the page with your friends and family.

Did you know the school has a Facebook page too?  Search for Grafton Clippers.  This page is updated by the school and has lots of info that may not make it home via your student!!
Parents – did you know that YCSD students have access to a wide variety of online educational resources, both at school and at home, to support their academic success?  Tools such as Homework Help/Office 365/Power School and Hot Math.  You can have access to all these tools too, just sign in to the portal using your student’s username and password.  The website is:
Be sure to check out the student portal!
The following is a list of useful links regarding guidance, calendars, and school board meetings:
2.  GHS Faculty & Staff Listing: (Teachers/Staff link)
3.  After Prom:
6.  Band:
8.  Clubs & Activities: (Clubs/Activities link)
15.  YCSD website:
16.  Videos on math topics:
17.  Step-by-Step homework problems review:
** – Username: Clippers123 – Login, then search for your book
18.  Explanations & examples for math topics:
19.  Free graph paper:

5k flyer 2018



AP Testing 2018